February 25th, 2011
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” A full house greeted South Whitley Town Council members Tuesday evening for a public hearing regarding Phase II of the wastewater treatment facility project.
The town has applied for a $600,000 grant from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), which is the maximum amount allowed by Region-III-A.
The townâ€™s grant administrator and Region-III-A representative Angela Hoffman told those gathered that the preliminary engineering report is in the finishing stages and the proposed cost of the project is $3.5 million.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Repairs to the Green Parrotâ€™s exposed wall are finally on the horizon.
Town attorney Greg Hockemeyer revealed the results of a property survey to town council members Tuesday evening. The survey was to determine if the existing building encroached on neighboring property.
The ongoing property line dispute is holding up completion of ordered repair on an exposed wall in the downtown business. Hockemeyer ordered a survey in January to determine the property line before repairs can be made.
Eleven years ago a group of women met to discuss a vision two of them had for Whitley County â€” a place for the local homeless to find refuge.
Someone asked, â€śDo we really need this in Columbia City?â€ť
A small ad was placed in the paper and at the first official meeting 50 people showed up. There was a need indeed.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” State Rep. Kathy Heuer (R-Columbia City) will be hosting a teachers forum from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, and would like to invite area teachers to attend.
The teachers forum will be held at the Peabody Public Library, located at 1160 East state Route 205 in Columbia City.
Doors open at 12:30 p.m. with the forum starting promptly at 1 p.m.
Rep. Heuer encourages the teaching community to attend and share their thoughts and opinions with her. She looks forward to hearing from the teaching community in her district in order to bring valuable input back to the Statehouse.
Alicia M. Newby, 35, a resident of Churubusco, passed away Thursday afternoon, Feb. 24, 2011, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne from injuries suffered in an auto accident near Churubusco last week.
She was born Jan. 3, 1976 in Fort Wayne and graduated from Peru High School in 1994.
Harry W. Hart, 70, of Cromwell, formerly of Syracuse, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 as the result of an automobile accident. He was born Oct. 7, 1940 to Wesley and Wilhelamine (Strong) Hart in Norfolk, Neb. He served in the United States Navy.
Survivors include his wife, Michele; a son, Jason Hart; a brother, John Hart; and a sister, Patricia Jones.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The man arrested for operating a rolling methamphetamine lab in Whitley County last November was sentenced to 12 years in prison in Whitley County Circuit Court Tuesday.
Wayne Lynn Weaver, 40, was called a poor probation risk by Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer, who touted â€śmultiple aggravating circumstancesâ€ť in issuing the stiff sentence for manufacturing the drug.
Defense attorney Brad Voelz pleaded for leniency, reporting Weaver to have been making personal progress since his incarceration Nov. 16, 2010.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City woman charged with drug crimes and the neglect of a dependent will face trial in June.
Janel M. Creech, 36, has been in the Whitley County jail since Jan. 11 after being charged Jan. 7 with manufacturing methamphetamine and other drug-related offenses.
The drug-related charges were filed after emergency personnel responded to a 911 call on Jan. 3 in which Creechâ€™s 5-month-old daughter, Taylor, was rushed to the hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
FORT WAYNE — It didn’t take long Wednesday night for junior Wildcat Logan Irwin to seal his spot atop the record books at Whitko High School.
With 6:54 remaining in the first quarter, a baseline jump shot made Irwin the new all-time points leader at Whitko.
According to sources, Irwin had the record Saturday at Churubusco in a 26-point performance against the Eagles.
FORT WAYNE — After Wednesday night Whitko boys’ basketball is in damage control.
Despite seeing maybe its most prestigious record, Whitko has been on the worst stretch of the season.
After battling back from as much as 13 points down, the Wildcats surrendered their third consecutive loss as the buzzer sounded at Carroll 54-53.